Without a Penny in my Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After World War II
By. Marie S.C. Castro
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Without a Penny in my Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After World War II is a moving personal account by Marie S.C. Castro, a life-long educator born and raised on the island of Saipan in what is not the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Ms. Castro describes growing up in a traditional Chamorro family in the 1930’s, the chaos of the Battle of Saipan during WWII, her career as an educator and entrance into the Mercederian Order, and her eventual relocation – without a penny in her pocket – to Kansas City, Missouri. A rich source of information about Saipan’s history and the strength and struggles of the Chamorro people, Without a Penny in my Pocket provides a first-hand glimpse of a crucial period of Saipan history.
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